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While Self-Portrait certainly had its breakthrough with the Azaelea dress, my personal SP favorite was another dress: Ivy, a gorgeous lace-trim tiered midi dress with a Swiss Dot texture and an open lace-up back. I could probably gush about this dress for the next hour or just simply say that it is *the* perfect summer dress! Playful, feminine, delicate, breezy – what more could you possibly ask for in a summer dress? The only bummer is the price of $625 (now $437.50) which seems reasonable when you consider all the details that this dress has to offer, but still, $437.50 is a lot of money for a lot of people.

Self-Portrait Ivy Lace-Trim Open-Back Midi Dress in white and black

Self-Portrait Ivy Lace-Trim Open-Back Midi Dressls
($437.50, Shopbop)

P.S.: Also available at Hampden Clothingpjx, Bergdorf Goodmanls, Revolve, Kirna Zabêtels, Selfridges, Stylebop & Farfetchls.

Style Bloggers Love Self-Portrait

Personal style bloggers such as Louise Roe (Front Roe by Louise Roe) or Nina (Fashiioncarpet) have been spotted wearing a Self-Portrait Ivy Lace-Trim Open-Back Midi Dress.

Louise Roe (Front Roe by Louise Roe) and Nina Schwichtenberg (Fashiioncarpet) wearing a white Self-Portrait Ivy Lace-Trim Open-Back Midi Dress

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Bardot “Sophia” Peplum Dress

Update (04/24/2017): Discovered this lovely Self-Portrait inspired, shortened peplum dress by Bardot which instantly reminded me of the “Ivy” dress above. May isn’t too far away, so this frock might become your go-to dress for the remainder of Spring and Summer. “Sophia” is available in white or orange and retails for $119.

Bardot "Sophia" Peplum Dress in white (Self-Portrait Ivy inspired)

Bardot “Sophia” Peplum Dressls
($119, Nordstrom)

Charlotte Russe Embroidered Crochet-Trim Halter Dress

Update (04/24/2017): And if you don’t want to spend that much money, check out this budget-friendly Self-Portrait inspired dress at Charlotte Russe which is currently on sale for $31.99. Steal deal!

Charlotte Russe Embroidered Crochet-Trim Halter Dress in white (Self-Portrait Ivy inspired)

Charlotte Russe Embroidered Crochet-Trim Halter Dress
($31.99, Charlotte Russe)

Warehouse Lace Tiered Dress

When I first saw this lace tiered midi dress at Warehouse, it instantly reminded me of the Ivy dress even though it clearly has some obvious differences. I wouldn’t call it a dupe, but the whole concept of the dress, which is available in either black, white or rust by the way, is definitely at least inspired by Self-Portrait’s whimsical aesthetic. Unfortunately, this Ivy look-alike dress ain’t cheap either ($176!), but at least it’s still almost $450 cheaper than the real deal.

Warehouse Lace Tiered Dress in black, white and rust red (Self-Portrait Ivy inspired)

Warehouse Lace Tiered Dressls
($176, Warehouse)

Image source(s): Neiman Marcus, Front Roe by Louise Roe, Fashiioncarpet, Bardot, Charlotte Russe, Warehouse

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Budget Look – Spring, Sporty Florals

by Irina on March 31, 2017

Finally! Spring has officially arrived and I’ve been loving all the sunshine, the blooming flora and the soothing mild temperatures lately! The new season not only lightened up my mood but also my wardrobe; I’m super into pastel colors these days and couldn’t care less for body-con clothes and uncomfortable high heels at the moment. That’s why for this month’s budget look edition, I’ve tried to combine all of my current Spring trend obsessions into one outfit: soft pastel colors, relaxed fits and feminine florals. Let me know if you like my delicate yet sporty Spring look.

Budget Look - Spring, Sporty Florals

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Image source(s): Shopbop, Nordstrom, Aldo, BaubleBar, Amazon

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Can we please have a moment of OMG!-silence for this AH!-mazing Balmain blazer? Consider me obsessed big time. If there ever existed something such as the perfect blazer, this gold-buttoned double-breasted navy wool-twill blazer which comes with Balmain’s signature razor-sharp silhouette would definitely be one of them. Just take a look at how gorgeous and effortlessly elegant all the beautiful ladies below look in their Balmain-adorned outfit ensembles. Perfection! I’d even be willing to splurge on a classic fashion staple such as this blazer, but its price of $2.385 is just beyond any common sense. My credit card does not approve.

Balmain Double-Breasted Wool-Twill Blazer in navy

Balmain Double-Breasted Wool-Twill Blazerls
($2.385, Neiman Marcus)

P.S.: Also available at Net-A-Porterls, Bergdorf Goodmanls, Barneysls, Saks Fifth Avenuels, S|Sense, Stylebop, Luisaviaroma, Harrodsicon, Farfetchls & MyTheresa.

Celebrities, Fashion Insiders & Style Bloggers Love Balmain

Celebs, fashion insiders, IGers, personal style bloggers; they all have been spotted wearing a Balmain Double-Breasted Wool-Twill Blazer.

Celebrities, IGers and Personal Style Bloggers wearing Balmain Double-Breasted Wool-Twill Blazer

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New Look Military Blazer

Update (03/07/2017): Spotted this super fab navy Balmain blazer look-alike at New Look today. Not too shabby for £34.99, don’t you agree?

New Look Military Blazer in navy (Balmain dupe)

New Look Military Blazer
(£34.99, New Look)

P.S.: Also available at New Look (EU) & New Look (AU).

Miss Selfridge Military Blazer

Update (03/07/2017): And here’s another set of Balmain inspired military-style blazers! These ones were found at Miss Selfridge. Available in either black or orange for £39.

Miss Selfridge Double-Breasted Military Blazer in black and orange (Balmain dupes)

Miss Selfridge Military Blazer
(£39, Miss Selfridge)

P.S.: Also available at Miss Selfridge (US)ls, Miss Selfridge (EU + AU), John Lewis & Debenhams.

Bardot Tailored Blazer

Update (02/23/2017): Discovered yet another lovely Balmain inspired tailored blazer today! It’s by Bardot and retails for $139.99 AUD.

Bardot Tailored Blazer in black (Balmain dupe)

Bardot Tailored Blazer
($139.99 AUD, The Iconic)

Hunkydory “Cora” Double Breasted Blazer

Update (01/24/2017): Stumbled upon this admittedly pretty pricey, but pretty awesome Balmain dupe by Swedish brand Hunkydory. You like this one?

Hunkydory "Cora" Double Breasted Blazer in navy (Balmain dupe)

Hunkydory “Cora” Double Breasted Blazer
(€439.95, Zalando)

Tahari ASL Double-Breasted Ponte Knit Jacket

Update (01/24/2017): This double-breasted blazer by Tahari ASL is also a great budget-friendly alternative to the expensive Balmain jacket. It retails for $129 and comes in an array of beautiful colors including navy, black, white, wine red and rose pink. Absolutely looooove this budget find!

Tahari ASL Double-Breasted Ponte Knit Jacket (Balmain dupes)

Tahari ASL Double-Breasted Ponte Knit Jacket
($129, Tahari ASL)

P.S.: Also available at Dillard’s & Macy’s.

Loft Double Breasted Blazer

Update (01/24/2017): Also found this navy double breasted blazer at Loft and it instantly reminded me of the Balmain one. It misses a few buttons to qualify as a designer dupe, but if you’re fine with a Balmain “inspired” design, this $128 blazer would be probably a good buy.

Loft Double Breasted Blazer in navy (Balmain inspired)

Loft Double Breasted Blazer
($128, Loft)

Mango “Boton” Double-Breasted Blazer

Update (12/06/2016): OK, so I spotted this beautiful Balmain dupe at Mango and just had to share this gorgeous nautical inspired navy blazer with you! Actually, I liked this one so much I ordered it for myself a couple days ago and I’m so happy I did because it’s the best Balmain dupe I’ve found and owned yet! Definitely worth the $79.99 price tag (sale price)! If you like this blazer, you better don’t wait too long as I’m pretty sure this beauty of a blazer will sell out in no time!

Mango "Boton" Double-Breasted Blazer in navy with gold buttons (Balmain dupe)

Mango “Boton” Double-Breasted Blazer
($79.99, Mango)

P.S.: Also available at Mango (UK)ls, Mango (EU) & Zalando.

White House Black Market “Trophy” Double-Breasted Blazer Jacket

Update (12/06/2016): At White House Black Market you can also find a pretty neat Balmain inspired blazer aptly called the “Trophy Jacket”. The double-breasted blazer comes in petite sizing and various colors (including white and blush) and costs between $81.99-$150.

White House Black Market "Trophy" Double-Breasted Blazer Jacket in navy and blush pink (Balmain dupes)

White House Black Market “Trophy” Double-Breasted Blazer Jacket
($81.99-$150, White House Black Market)

Missguided Double-Breasted Military Style Blazer

Update (12/06/2016): I’ve also stumbled upon a third set of Balmain inspired military-style blazers at Missguided which look so much like the real deal but cost only $63 and come in various lovely colors such as nude, white and blush. Love these affordable blazers! Pssssst, US students get a 30% (!) student discount (offer may end soon though)!

Missguided Double-Breasted Military Style Blazer in nude, white, black and blush (Balmain dupes)

Missguided Double-Breasted Military Style Blazer
($63, Missguided)

P.S.: Also available at Missguided (UK) & Missguided (EU + International).

Stylekeepers “You Set Me Free” Double-Breasted Blazer

Update (08/01/2016): Just discovered this spot-on Balmain dupe by Stylekeepers in a beautiful khaki green for $145 AUD. If you prefer a more classic color, check out the “Sweet Success” blazer which looks similar to this one and comes in black.

Stylekeepers "You Set Me Free" Double-Breasted Blazer in khaki green (Balmain dupe)

Stylekeepers “You Set Me Free” Double-Breasted Blazer
($145 AUD, The Iconic)

Banana Republic Nautical-Style Basketweave Blazer

My personal favorite Balmain look for less alternative is this nautical basketweave blazer I discovered at Banana Republic recently. All the important Balmain details are there: a fitted silhouette, double-breasted front, gold buttons and a beautiful deep navy color. BR’s version has a couple differences such as a different material, but they’re rather minor and overall it’s still a gorgeous and budget-friendly alternative for the pricey Balmain blazer. Especially so if you take advantage of the 50% off sale promotion which is currently running at Banana Republic because it cuts down the price of this blazer down from $169.99 to $84.99 (that’s a saving of $2.300,01 compared to the real deal). Super steal deal alert!

Banana Republic Nautical-Style Basketweave Blazer in navy and gold buttons (Balmain knockoff)

Banana Republic Nautical-Style Basketweave Blazer
($84.99, Banana Republic)

Veronica Beard Seaside Double Breasted Blazer

Now this nautical blazer by Veronica Beard is probably the closest match to the real deal Balmain in terms of overall design, but it does cost almost $600, so it ranks as my current second favorite Balmain dupe. You would save a whopping $1.790 by opting for the Veronica Beard version though, so I still consider this blazer to be a pretty good bargain nonetheless!

Veronica Beard Seaside Double Breasted Blazer in navy w/ gold buttons (Balmain dupe)

Veronica Beard Seaside Double Breasted Blazer
($595, Forward by Elyse Walker)

P.S.: A similar version is also available at Veronica Beard.

Brooks Brothers Wool Double-Breasted Blazer

Another gorgeous blazer and pretty awsome Balmain alternative is this lovely navy blazer by Brooks Brothers. The key details are spot-on Balmain, Brooks Brothers is known for their high-quality tailoring and did I mention this beauty of a blazer is currently on sale for $274 (was $548). Sure, it’s not a steal at that price, but it might be worth the investment because a navy blazer is so versatile.

Brooks Brothers Wool Double-Breasted Blazer in navy with gold buttons (Balmain inspired)

Brooks Brothers Wool Double-Breasted Blazer
($274, Brooks Brothers)

Vero Moda Military Blazer

And here’s a little little something for all you European Balmain lovers out there! These military-inspired double-breasted blazers by Vero Moda are a pretty spot-on Balmain dupe for less than €50 (sale price!). You’re welcome.

Vero Moda Military Blazer in navy blue and black (Balmain knockoffs)

Vero Moda Military Blazer
(€44.95, Zalando)

P.S.: Also available at Otto & About You.

J.Crew Double-Breasted Blazer

Not available in navy, but these blazers by J.Crew also reminded me of the Balmain one above because the design and silhouette are so similar. If you’re all about the navy color, check out this other J.Crew blazer which I found at J.Crew Factory for $79 (sale price!).

J.Crew Double-Breasted Blazer in white and light blue (Balmain knockoffs)

J.Crew Double-Breasted Blazer
($198, J.Crew)

Missguided Military Style Blazer

Deal: 40% student discount for US students! Excludes sale items. Offer ends soon!

If you really want to snatch a steal deal here, these Balmain inspired blazers by Missguided which cost $56 might be a considerable look for less option. It’s just too bad these don’t come in navy.

Missguided Military Style Blazer in khaki and black (Balmain knockoffs)

Missguided Military Style Blazer
($56, Missguided)

P.S.: Also available at Missguided (UK) & Missguided (EU + International).

Image source(s): Net-A-Porter, Zimbio, Style Pantry, Pinterest, Peony Lim, Harper & Harley, @yasmin_dxb Instagram, New Look, Miss Selfridge, Zalando, Tahari ASL, Loft, Mango, White House Black Market, The Iconic, Banana Republic, Forward by Elyse Walker, Vero Moda, J.Crew, Missguided

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Two more weeks until Valentine’s Day and while I’m not particularly excited about V-Day itself (all the single ladies!), I do like any opportunity that allows me to dress up and act all flirty about it. When dressing up, my personal motto is: “Drama, drama, drama!”, that’s why this black off-the-shoulder midi dress by Bardot with its body-con silhouette and the dramatic bell sleeves instantly caught my attention. I immediately started styling this LBD in my head and style-wise it felt like my mind ran in 100 different directions. There are a lot of ways to style this versatile dress and I decided to pick three for you to show: bold, romantic and just plain cute. So if you need some outfit inspiration for your own Valentine’s Day attire, feel free to check out my V-Day look suggestions and let me know whether you like them or not.

Look #1 – Femme Fatale in Black & Gold

Valentine's Day Outfit Inspo - 1 LBD, 3 Ways To Wear It: Femme Fatale in Black & Gold

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Look #2 – Romantic in Lace & Burgundy

Valentine's Day Outfit Inspo - 1 LBD, 3 Ways To Style It: Romantic Lace & Burgundy Red

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Look #3 – Cheeky Cute

Valentine's Day Outfit Inspo - 1 LBD, 3 Ways To Style It: Cheeky Cute

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Image source(s): Revolve, Amazon, Aldo, BaubleBar, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, Eve’s Addiction, Steve Madden, Zappos, Etsy, Shopbop, Bloomingdale’s, Aldo

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We do see a whole lot of lace-up bodysuits or tops in stores nowadays, but back in 2015 Givenchy were among the first designers to rediscover this super sexy trend in their badass Fall/Winter collection 2015. Shortly after the collection debut, mega socialite Kim Kardashian wore the runway look head-to-toe, going braless in this deep plunging v-neck bodysuit and – if I might add – absolutely killing it while doing so! Sure, the outfit was risqué, revealing and overtly sexual, but Kim had the poise and attitude to pull it off. The lace-up bodysuit then continued to garner further fame and attraction as more celebrities and fashion insiders have been seen wearing this super sexy, bondage-inspired $2.600 Givenchy number. Yes, you read that right: this bodysuit costs $2.600!

Givenchy V-Seamed Lace-Up Bodysuit in black

Givenchy V-Seamed Lace-Up Bodysuitls
($2.600, Neiman Marcus)

P.S.: Also available at Bergdorf Goodmanls.

Celebrities & Style Bloggers Love Givenchy

Celebs such as Miranda Kerr and Kim Kardashian as well as style blogger Negin Mirsalehi have been spotted wearing a Givenchy V-Seamed Lace-Up Bodysuit.

Miranda Kerr, Kim Kardashian and Negin Mirsalehi wearing a black Givenchy V-Seamed Lace-Up Bodysuit

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Nasty Gal Bad to the Bone Lace-Up Bodysuit

If you want to try the lace-up bodysuit trend without having to go bankrupt, I suggest you take a long good look at this Givenchy inspired number by Nasty Gal. It’s super close to the real deal, but costs a fraction of the designer price: $78 instead of $2.600! This one’s my personal dupe favorite!

Nasty Gal Bad to the Bone Lace-Up Bodysuit in black (Givenchy dupe)

Nasty Gal Bad to the Bone Lace-Up Bodysuitls
($78, Nasty Gal)

Charlotte Russe Ribbed Lattice Lace-Up Bodysuit

Not ready to go that low with the plunging neckline yet? Or you’re simply looking for a cheaper alternative? No problem, Charlotte Russe has got you covered. Their ribbed lattice lace-up bodysuit has all the important key details of the Givenchy real deal without the neckline plunging down to the belly button aaaaaand it’s super budget-friendly, too, because it’s only $21.99! Major steal deal alert!

Charlotte Russe Ribbed Lattice Lace-Up Bodysuit in black (Givenchy inspired)

Charlotte Russe Ribbed Lattice Lace-Up Bodysuit
($21.99, Charlotte Russe)

Bardot “Tavia” Lace-up Bodysuit

Another fab steal deal option is this lace-up bodysuit by Bardot. Like the Nasty Gal version, this one, too, is very similar to the pricey Givenchy bodysuit. It’s currently on sale for $51, but you have to hurry as it’s pretty much sold out everywhere.

Bardot Tavia Lace-up Bodysuit in black (Givenchy dupe)

Bardot “Tavia” Lace-up Bodysuit
($51, ASOS)

P.S.: Also available at Lord & Taylorls, Bloomingdale’s & Revolve.

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